who on “The Kids At The Club"
With one foot in the library and the other on the dancefloor, Austin,
Texas five piece Voxtrot combine classic 60's pop (think Love and Left
Banke) with the heady, subversive sounds of 80's Britain and still come
out ahead of their time. “The Start Of Something” was their
I’m From Barcelona
A 29 piece collective from Sweden, I’m From Barcelona marry the
joyous energy of the Hidden Cameras with the symphonic pop of the Polyphonic
Spree to create 2006’s most uplifting sound. They recently stole
the show at the Primavera Sound festival in…where else…Barcelona,
where they were forced to play their debut single “We’re
From Barcelona” twice by an ecstatic crowd.
What do they put in the water in Sweden? Gothenburg’s nine strong
Irene are the HDIF ethos made flesh – a handclapping, hip-shaking,
trumpet-bolstered blend of indie pop, northern soul, girl groups, the
American west coast sound and crooner pop. “Stardust” was
a radio hit in Sweden, but this is its first release.
Looks Good To Me
What can we say about the magnificent Saturday Looks Good To Me? A perfect
pop six piece from Ann Arbor, Michigan, SLGTM create their own sublime
dreamworld where Jonathan Richman fronts The Supremes and The Smiths
are signed to Motown. This is the first release for “Edison Girls”,
which singer Fred Thomas describes as “our answer to ‘This
Having been at the heart of the UK’s indiepop scene for the last
four years as the man behind Glasgow’s legendary National Pop
League club night, John Hunt is now stepping out with a group of his
own. Imagine Tindersticks, Felt, Lloyd Cole, Morrissey, and songs to
die for. This is their debut release.
Heralded as being “almost indecently fabulous” by the Guardian,
Lucky Soul are a female fronted five piece from Greenwich, who sound
like The Pipettes flirting with Saint Etienne, all sleek sixties melodies
and songs to make your heart melt. “Give Me Love” was the
b-side of their debut single.
A three piece from London, Fanfarlo play fragile, romantic orchestral
pop in thrall to Sufjan Stevens, The Field Mice and Arcade Fire. This
is the first release for “Elephant Graveyard”.
A five piece from Gothenburg, Salty Pirates infuse the infectious, ramshackle
pop of early Pavement with their own gloriously sarcastic spirit. This
is the first release for “Black Minds, White Lies”, which
has already been a dancefloor smash at HDIF.
Fronted by indie icon Amelia Fletcher (ex-Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Marine
Research), and for this track featuring Claudia Gonson of Magnetic Fields,
Tender Trap play accomplished, classic indie pop. “Ampersand”
is taken from their 2006 album, “6 Billion People”.
Citing their influences as “English and French folk music and
pop music of the 60s”, the nine piece Stars Of Aviation gently
trace a line between the Ladybug Transistor and The Lucksmiths. They
also feature a bassoon player and someone on violin and gongs –
more gongs and bassoons in pop, say we! This is the first release for
"Marie Et L'Accordeon".
A five piece from London, Wintergreen create classy pop music with chugging
guitars, bloopy analogue synths, tinkly pianos and shiny, sunny harmonies
as though Mercury Rev were dirtying up Belle & Sebastian with ideas
of Aphex Twin and Stereolab. “The Magic Road” was their
An all-female four piece from London, Shimura Curves play pristine electro
pop in the vein of Stereolab and St Etienne. This is the first release
The Gresham Flyers
London-based sextet The Gresham Flyers are the hybrid of their diverse
geographical backgrounds (north, midlands, south and Slough) and the
best bits of your record collection, all sprinkled with a little sugar
- David Gedge fronting an unruly combination of Sparks and Pulp. Classy,
energetic pop, boy/girl singers, handclaps, and hooks you can hang your
duffel coat on. This is the first release for “Blackpool”.
A five piece from Belfast and London, Language Of Flowers play heartstopping
indie pop in the vein of the Shop Assistants, Heavenly and Stars. This
is the first release for “You’reThe One”.
Had the Go-Betweens hailed from Manchester, they may well have sounded
a little like Amida: quietly cool, gloriously romantic, indie pop janglers
with a pocketful of poetry and a headful of steam. “Virtue Was
Your Downfall” was on their debut EP.
A five piece influenced by Orange Juice, Elastica and The Long Blondes,
Strange Idols play cool, clever, indie pop. This is the first release
for “She’s Gonna Let You Down Again”.
Pocketbooks are an indiepop group from London, brought together through
a shared love of tambourines, handclaps, glockenspiels, jangly guitars
and boy/girl harmonies. Think Tindersticks, Belle & Sebastian, The
Boy Least Likely To. This is the first release for “The First
Led by Dickon Edwards, writer, flâneur, model and all-round 21st
century fop, London’s Fosca are currently working on their third
album, 'The Painted Side Of The Rocket'. For fans of literate indie
pop with an eye for the absurd. This is the first release for "I've
Agreed To Something I Shouldn't Have".
Kids With Biblical Names
Trumpets! Handclaps! Happiness! Swedish six piece Suburban Kids With
Biblical Names say they want to “turn all of the dancefloors into
a burning inferno of ba-ba-ba” – and who are we to stop
them? Imagine Magnetic Fields with a cheeky grin on their face, Jens
Lekman with a spring in his step and a host of infectious DIY pop melodies
up his sleeve. “Seems To Be On My Mind” is taken from their
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